BELMAR, NJ — Accomplished audio engineer, producer and musician Paul Ritchie will lead “Basics of Computer Recording” — the latest series of free workshops offered at the Belmar Community Makerspace.

The twice-monthly sessions are held on Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the Makerspace, an innovative project of the Belmar Public Library that is located at Belmar Community Center/Library Annex, 503 Seventh Avenue. The next workshop is slated for March 16.

Ritchie will provide participants with an introduction to computer recording software and hardware, whether they’re looking to record music or make beats, create a podcast or produce a demo. Topics to be explored include connecting audio gear, operating audio software and editing/exporting the finished product.

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Participants also will gain a better understanding of audio signal flow from source to output, as well as devices that shape or manipulate how an audio signal sounds.

A 16-year music industry veteran, Ritchie has worked out of Retromedia Sound Studio of Red Bank, Lakehouse Recording Studios of Asbury Park and newfuture, his own Belmar-based studio.

He also has been a recording artist for Capitol Records, Roadrunner Records and Britannia Row Recordings and is a guest lecturer in advanced audio production at Monmouth University, West Long Branch.

Open to Belmar residents and nonresidents who are age 12 and older, the one-hour workshops will be held on Saturday, March 16, March 30, April 13, and April 27.

No experience is necessary and there are no prerequisites for the free sessions. To register for any or all of the free sessions, click here.

For a rundown of upcoming workshops and classes, visit the Belmar Public Library website, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, call the Belmar Public Library at 732 681-0775 or email Pulido at lpulido@belmar.com.

Belmar Community Makerspace: Where Opportunities for Creativity are Boundless

The Belmar Community Makerspace is a fully equipped hub uniquely designed for creators, builders, innovators and artists at every skills level — whether they take a workshop or class, or visit during open hours to work in their own personal projects.

The new facility, which opened last October, includes 3D printers, computers, sewing machines, video and photography equipment, basic workshop and electronic supplies, and a large flat-screen television for workshop instruction and presentations.

“The Makerspace is open to the public for 3D printing, digital scanning of old slides and negatives, and the use of the photo/video studio,” said library assistant Luis Pulido, who manages the Makerspace, situated on the second floor at 503 Seventh Avenue. “Also, we have four Apple computers available for use for work on projects, such as photo editing and web-based applications.”

Pulido said the facility is looking for donations of sewing machines in good working condition to supplement the two machines already in use.

Open hours are available from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

For workshops and classes, no experience is necessary, and there are no prerequisites. “So you can jump in at any time,” Pulido said.

The Makerspace is open to Belmar residents and nonresidents alike. While Belmar Public Library cards are not necessary to take classes and workshops, they are required of those looking to work independently on personal projects in the Makerspace. Library cards are available at the Makerspace or main library at 517 Tenth Avenue, for a one-time fee of $25.

To register for a workshop or class, click here. For a rundown of upcoming workshops and classes, visit the Belmar Public Library website, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, call the Belmar Public Library at 732 681-0775 or email Pulido at lpulido@belmar.com.

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